Jacob Whitesides

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Jacob Whitesides
Birth nameJacob Michael Whitesides
Born (1997-11-11) November 11, 1997 (age 21)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Jacob Michael Whitesides (born November 11, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. He records his music for Double U Records, of which he is also the CEO.[1]


2008–14: Career beginnings, The X Factor[edit]

Growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee, Whitesides first became interested in music while attending a bluegrass festival in 2008. By his teens, Whitesides was playing shows around Knoxville and had already garnered a huge online following for his YouTube cover songs. In 2012, at 14 age he auditioned for season 2 of the US The X Factor.[2] and made the first cut but was eliminated prior to the Top 16 round.

Whitesides released his debut extended play 3 AM – The EP on July 8, 2014, featuring cover songs of John Legend, Plain White T's, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.[3] The EP reached number 26 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Independent Albums chart.[4]

A local newspaper in Jacob's hometown, The Knoxville Focus was the first media organization to cover Jacob Whitesides career. Music beat reporter Daniel Andrews, travelled out to Nashville, Tennessee to cover Jacob Whitesides at an event called "Teen Hoot" on July 15, 2012.[5]

2015–present: Record deal and debut album Why?[edit]

On February 14, 2015 Whitesides released his second EP A Piece of Me, including previously released single "Words".

In May 2015, BMG announced their partnership with Whitesides and the formation of his label, Double U Records, where he serves as CEO.[1] In August 2015, he was named Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing" featured artist.[6]

On October 21, 2015, he performed his single "Secrets" on Good Morning America, his network morning TV debut.[7] He released his third EP (second of original material) Faces on Film on October 23, 2015.[8]

On December 3, 2015, Spotify announced him as one of the next big artists to look out for in 2016.[9]

Earlier in 2016, Whitesides announced Lovesick Tour scheduled to take place Northern America and Europe from May to October 2016. On April 15, 2016 Whitesides released the song "Lovesick", serves as the lead single from his debut album.

On July 6, 2016, Whitesides announced his debut studio album, Why?, to be released on September 9, 2016. On July 8, 2016 was premiered album's second single "Focus" along with a music video.[10] On September 1, 2016, a third single, "Open Book" was released, along with a music video the following day

Jacob Whitesides released his album "Why?" on 9 September 2016. It debuted and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Independent Charts.[citation needed]

Spring 2017, Jacob Whitesides announced his summer tour, The Basically Happy Tour touring throughout USA and Canada with Alec Joseph, Castro, and Taylor Grey.

Personal life[edit]

Jacob grew up in Tennessee with his mother, Becky, and his younger sister, Sierra. Whitesides dated fellow The X Factor contestant and performer Bea Miller in April 2015.[11] The couple broke up in May 2016 after a year of dating.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions

Why? 25

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales


3 AM – The EP
  • Released: July 8, 2014
  • Label: Loudr
  • Formats: Digital download
26 9 2
A Piece of Me (EP)
  • Released: February 14, 2015
  • Label: JW Records, Double U Records
  • Formats: Digital download
75 23 3
Faces on Film (EP)
  • Released: October 23, 2015
  • Label: Double U Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"You're Perfect" 2014 Non-album single
"Words" A Piece of Me
"I Know What You Did Last Summer"
(featuring Kelly Rowland)
2015 Non-album single
"Secrets" Faces on Film
"Lovesick" 2016 Why?
"Open Book"
"The Letter" 2017 Non-album single
"Killing Me"
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director Ref.
"You're Perfect" 2014 Carl Diebold [16]
"Words" Cameron Johnson
Darwin Darling
"Baby It's Cold Outside"
(with Orion Carloto)
"Not My Type at All" (Lyric video) 2015 William Hereford [19]
"Not My Type at All" Cameron Fife [20]
"Let's Be Birds" Julia Muecke [21]
"Ohio" Roman Luck [22]
"Lovesick" 2016 Cameron Fife [23]
"Focus" Paul Costabile [24]
"Open Book" Chris Crutchfield [25]
"The Letter" 2017 Jacob Whitesides
Mark Siegel
"Killing Me"


  1. ^ a b Stassen, Murray (May 29, 2015) BMG partners with online sensation Jacob Whitesides to launch Double U Records. Music Week
  2. ^ Jacob Whitesides - Biography. Billboard. Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  3. ^ Jacob Whitesides | Biography & History. AllMusic (1997-11-11). Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jacob Whitesides - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Jacob Whitesides Rocks Nashville
  6. ^ Jacob Whitesides - Radio Disney NBT Announcement | Radio Disney | Disney Video. Video.disney.com. Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  7. ^ Jacob Whitesides Rocks Times Square. ABC News
  8. ^ Nash, Michelle. (2015-10-14) Jacob Whitesides, more than just a YouTube cover star. Fusion. Retrieved on 2016-01-31.
  9. ^ "Here's Who Spotify Predicts Will Be Big In 2016". The Fader. December 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jacob Announces New Album 'Why?'". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  11. ^ Christina Garibaldi (2015-10-23). "Jacob Whitesides Has Girlfriend Bea Miller To Thank For Inspiring His New EP". MTV. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  12. ^ Alexandra Daluisio (2016-05-27). "Why the World is Convinced One of These Adorable Celebrity Couples Broke Up". teen.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  13. ^ a b Billboard - Independent Albums - Jacob Whiteside
  14. ^ Billboard - Digital Albums - Jacob Whiteside Artist page
  15. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on July 13, 2016.
  16. ^ "You're Perfect" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 22 August 2014 – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "Words" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 6 December 2014 – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Jacob Whitesides & Orion Carloto. JacobWhitesides. 20 December 2014 – via YouTube.
  19. ^ "Not My Type at All (Lyric video)" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesidesVEVO. 23 February 2015 – via YouTube.
  20. ^ "Not My Type at All [Edit]" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 29 April 2015 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "Let's Be Birds" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesidesVEVO. 10 August 2015 – via YouTube.
  22. ^ "Ohio" by Jacob Whitesides. Jacob Whitesides. 12 September 2015 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ "Lovesick" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 15 April 2016 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Focus" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 7 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "Open Book" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 2 September 2016 – via YouTube.
  26. ^ "The Letter" by Jacob Whitesides. JacobWhitesides. 29 January 2017 – via YouTube.

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